Editing Demo: Black and White editing
Let's talk about black and white editing. Now that's sort of my style and we'll talk about more style in the next lesson. But I wanted to show you quickly how I do some black and white editing. Now to start with, I do deliver all my photos in color. I think that's just a normal standard thing that you do need to deliver photos in color. And um there are cameras out there that just shoot black and white, but that's not what I do sometimes when I'm shooting, especially street photography, I'll set my camera to be displaying in black and white on the back, but it's still shooting raw. It's still shooting color and I can change it later. I just like to be able to see, you know, the tones and the contrast, black and white. If you follow me on Instagram, it's like kind of my thing like I love it. Um I just think that it's you're transported instantly into the story. Your brain doesn't have to think about the color, it's just immediately to the composition in the subject. So let's talk about ...
editing black and white for a wedding. I think it's nice to deliver some. Again. It's just who I am. As a photographer, I will always deliver some black and white photos. What I'll do is after I've edited all the color photos I will go through and let's go to this library right here. The of photos that we've been editing, I will go through the photos and I will actually color code them. So I'll make that uh color six which is red. Um Let's do this one and we'll make that, you know, six and maybe let's do um this one red, right? They're all red. Cool. So now I will just select the red ones so they can isolate them from all the other photos. Now I'll go through each sort of folder that I've created and just pick out the ones that I want to be editing black and white. The reason I do this is because I want to put them in their own collection in lightroom and I want to edit them without disrupting the color edits. So we must create a virtual copy. We're going to create a copy of these photos to edit to then export. So they're separate of the colors and we're not messing with our color edits at all. I'm also doing this after we've edited because I don't have to redo all the touch ups, all the softening, all the, you know, masks that we've done. I'm just gonna edit from what we've done before because that'll save time. You could start completely from scratch if you feel like it. But I kind of feel like that's a waste of time. The editing and the contrast will be different and we'll, we'll get to that. But just to set us up now that I have these photos selected, I'm gonna select all of them. I'm going to right click and I'm going to click virtual copies. Now, it's just created three virtual copies. They're still highlighted and you can tell that because they're white, right? The white ones are highlighted. Those are the new virtual copies. We've got double of all of them. Then I will, I already have a folder here. It says black and white class edits. That's for you guys. I'm going to drag those three photos over to that collection. Now, they're there. See, there's four there, there's the ones we editing and I'm also gonna edit this one for you. But if we go back to the single ports, they're editing, there's double now. So I'll go in and it looks like, oh I clicked out, but I'm going to make sure that uh I have deleted the ones that are uh the ones that we copied because I don't need them in this thing. I might actually wait to do that after I've edited the black and white ones. For instance, if we go to the black and white edits and we go ahead and highlight all these, we'll right click and we'll go to develop settings, convert to black and white. Do do do give my computer a second. It's converting them. They are all now black and white. Let's go back to our original collection. Now, you can see the ones that are black and white and I will actually go ahead and highlight them and delete them. I'm just pressing delete from this collection so that I don't get confused later. Now this collection is back to normal. It's the single portraits we edit it. Don't need to mess with it anymore until we export. Let's go back to our black and white edits and here are our black and whites. Now, anything we do to these photos is not gonna affect the other photos in the other collection, which is the goal, right? So again, my black and white kind of fun. The idea here, let's bring this one into develop mode. The idea here is this is an out of focus, fun shot. I always think that these are kind of fun to include, it has a lot of emotions so artsy um is kind of the same, same way we've been doing before, but we are going to start with the crop like we do. Normally, I like that. And the idea with black and white for me is to add contrast, deep blacks, bright whites. Um That's what kind of evokes emotions where I usually use my black and white skills. So I'll bring up the exposure. I don't mind losing some of the detail in the white. We can see there's a little bit there, but I like the pop, I like the contrast and I like the dark darks and because this is just a very motion photo that's out of focus and it's artsy and it's French. Um It's very like French film, New wave European fun. I'm going to leave it as is and not do much to it. But you can see the before and the after much more contrast, much crunchier. Um This is kind of a fun. This is a weird example because it's out of focus and it's a little artsy. So let's go ahead and look at our, our remember our gentleman here in the white coat now off the bat to me, it's a little, it's a little dim and that's fine for the color because a lot of the color took over sort of the vibe of the photo. So we remember the crop is fine. All our settings are already imported from the color edit, but they're black and white. Now, I'm going to bring up the exposure, add a ton of contrast, not ton keep the highlights down, bring the shadow. Oh See his face is in the shadow. So we're not gonna bring that far too down, bring up the whites, bring down the blacks and that's pretty good. So that's like we, we've changed the edit for black and white and you can tell that there's a lot more contrast in it. Um If I, if I command Z all the way to where we just had it, you can see how sort of flat it is and it's just kind of normal. Now, if we go back to all our edits much more contrasty. Right. It's got a lot more contrast in it and it pops a lot more. I like having in a black and white, the blacks are black, like just his tie looks great. This contrast between the black and there looks awesome. We can see detail on his face. I might come up a little bit and because it's black and white, we don't care necessarily about the highlights in the uh sky or on the plants um because there's no color so we can't tell that they're kind of blown out. They just are what they are very classy photo. I love this one. I would print this for sure. Let's go into this face again. It's a little dim and it's a little flat. Works great for color, but for black and white, we want a little bit more contrast. We want the blacks to be black and the whites to be white. So I'll bring up the exposure as a whole. Add just general contrast, bring up the highlights of tad shadows, shadows can give or take, right? It depends on your image, right? I don't want to deepen the shadows here too much because I don't want her eyes to get lost and I don't want necessarily under her chin to get lost or her hair, but I do want those blacks to be a deep black. Yeah. So I brought the black down significantly and I'm bringing the whites up a little bit. That is a huge difference. So let's command Z out where we were pretty flat. Right? And if we go back in those blacks bringing the blacks down, crushing them is what really makes these black and whites pop and that's like a very simple edit. Um I mean, I would just tell you just bring the blacks down, but you gotta keep in mind you don't wanna lose the detail in the blacks. We're kind of losing it in her eyes. Um And let's see if our mask holds, see our masks are still held and you can see this one was probably her pupils. Nope, that was a brush. This one's her pupils. So let's if we went into that, we could bring up the brightness a little bit. There we go. And because it's not color, it doesn't look crazy because black and white. So now her eyes are popping a little bit more and the black and white is like super clean. Um at that point and I love the contrast in that. Let's go to the next photo here. It's a little too dark already. Remember we were really contrasty with the color it works, but we're losing kind of the detail on our face. So I'll bring up the overall exposure had the contrast. I might uh we could bring the highlights down a little bit, let the shadows still go and then I will make the blacks, black, we're losing a little detail in her hair. Um And this one actually remember our mask here, let's see what it looks like without it. I still like it. We'll leave it in. But again, the, the goal here is to you're gonna, you can't just turn your photos in the black and white. I I mean, you can, but I think that if you were to turn the black and white and then go in and adjust the contrast, bring down the blacks, maybe bring up the exposure. A black and white photo is going to look a lot different editing wise than a color photo. The color kind of tricks your eyes into making it feel contrast. You're not contrast you when a black and white, you're looking at tones so you wanna convert it to black and white, but then you want to be able to manipulate it um even more to your liking because there's so much more information in there and that's what post is all about. So that's my quick black and white editing. Um I hope you enjoyed that. Um Again, remember the contrast, remember they're different than color and uh yeah, let's go on to the next lesson.